New to the reloading game. Been shooting handguns for 4 months. That being said my thoughts are I need a low cost load that with minimum recoil is reliable and accurate out to 10 to 15 yds. How do you evaluate your loads? My situation; Hand gun is a 45 ACP SA Range Officer My focus is starting to settle in at general target shooting at the local indoor range and the Tuesday Night Steel shooting at the local outdoor range Projectiles used so far; Hornady 230 gn FMJ-RN -- very first loads I reloaded HSM 230 gn Plated RN Precision Delta 230 gn FMJ RN and just rcvd some SNS 230 gn Lead RN -- lowest cost so far My process so far has been 2 part... Part 1 -- to work with the minimum loads as published to look for a round that when shooting slow fire at the indoor range provides the tightest groups Part 2 -- work on a faster rate of fire that maintains tight groups Thoughts.... minimum recoil helps reacquire the target faster and low powder charges help brass last longer as well as my pocket book Todate.... I have not seen much difference in my rounds performance. I started moving out to 15 yds to gain some separation on the groups. I feel as my skill improves I may start reducing the human error in the equation and maybe start to see differences in the loads. So for now maybe shoot the cheapest load I can while improving the skills. Work on me then go back to working on "the load" later? Any thoughts or advice.